H.S. basketball replay: Naaman Forest girls earn share of 11-5A title

Naaman Forest High's Micayla Buckner (34) blocks a shot by Sachse High's Courtney Blankenship (25) during the first half of a girls' high school basketball game on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Naaman Forest won the game 43-38. (John F. Rhodes / Special Contributor)

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Naaman Forest High's Micayla Buckner (34) blocks a shot by Sachse High's Courtney Blankenship (25) during the first half of a girls' high school basketball game on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Naaman Forest won the game 43-38. (John F. Rhodes / Special Contributor)


6: 3-pointers made by Maddi Holcomb for Richland in a 52-51 double-overtime win over District 4-5A runner-up Keller. She finished with 21 points.

12: 3-pointers made in 15 attempts by the McKinney North boys in the first half in a 98-42 win vs. Denison. North made 13 3-pointers for the game.

99: Consecutive wins for the Duncanville girls after the state’s No. 1-ranked 5A team beat DeSoto, 67-56.

GAME OF THE NIGHT: Naaman Forest girls earn share of 11-5A title

Karah Sicurella scored a team-high 12 points, and Baylor signee Micayla Buckner had 11 points and 10 rebounds to help the Garland Naaman Forest girls earn a share of the District 11-5A title with a 43-38 win over Sachse.

Naaman Forest (23-4, 11-1) shared the district championship with Sachse (18-6, 11-1). Sachse won a coin flip and will be the district’s No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Naaman Forest led, 17-6, after one quarter and still led by eight entering the fourth quarter. Sachse got within 40-38 before Naaman Forest hit three free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory.



Issac Asrat, Plano East, guard: Scored 22 points to lead Plano East (16-9, 6-2) to a 69-65 win over District 10-5A leader Plano West (18-6, 7-1), the state’s fourth-ranked 5A team. Texas Tech signee Zach Smith added 21 points for Plano East, the state’s 25th-ranked team.

Tristan Munoz, Rowlett, guard: Had 24 points and six steals as Rowlett (18-4, 10-1) beat Garland Lakeview, 54-53, and moved a half game ahead of Lakeview (19-7, 9-1) for first place in District 11-5A.

Jackson Forbes, John Paul II, forward: The Princeton-bound senior had 12 points and 14 rebounds in a 47-46 win over Plano Prestonwood Christian, the state’s No. 1-ranked large private school. Bola Alade added 15 points and nine rebounds for third-ranked John Paul II.

Hayden Hunter, Richland, guard: Scored 21 points in a 53-44 win over Keller. That dropped Keller into a tie with Keller Fossil Ridge for first place in 4-5A.

Austin Grandstaff, Rockwall, guard: The Oklahoma State pledge scored 30 points in a 76-65 victory against Longview.


Montoria Tripp, Frisco Heritage, guard: Scored 17 points and made a layup with five seconds left as Heritage beat Frisco Centennial, 50-49. Heritage tied Little Elm for fourth place in District 9-4A, and they will play for the district’s final playoff berth at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Frisco Lone Star.

Natalie Chou, Plano West, guard: Scored 20 points as Plano West (23-5, 9-1), the state’s 13th-ranked 5A team, claimed the District 10-5A title with a 71-58 win over Plano East.

Lexi Gordon, Hurst L.D. Bell, forward: The freshman had 17 points and 14 rebounds as L.D. Bell (25-2, 13-1), the state’s 23rd-ranked 5A team, beat Irving MacArthur, 49-44, to win the District 6-5A championship.

Sarah Salamah, Rowlett, forward: Made a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Rowlett beat Garland Lakeview, 41-38, and earned 11-5A’s No. 3 seed in the playoffs.

Alexxus Gilbert, Bryan Adams, guard: Scored 21 points as Bryan Adams (26-3, 14-0), the state’s 10th-ranked 4A team, beat Lincoln, 59-54, to win the 12-4A title.


Tie for first in 9-5A

Jordan Alexander had 22 points and eight rebounds, and Dai’Ja Thomas added 14 points and nine rebounds as the 22nd-ranked Skyline girls beat No. 16 Richardson, 58-52, in a matchup of state-ranked teams. Skyline (28-6, 11-1) and Richardson (27-6, 11-1) finished tied for first in District 9-5A.

Richardson won a coin flip and will be 9-5A’s top seed in the playoffs. Richardson will open the playoffs against McKinney Boyd, which earned the last spot from 10-5A with a 49-36 win over McKinney.

Tiebreaker needed

Katie Webster scored 20 points to lead the Rockwall-Heath girls to a 50-39 win over Tyler Lee. Heath and Longview tied for fourth in 12-5A and will play a tiebreaker for the district’s last playoff spot Friday at Wills Point.

Briefly …

The Keller Fossil Ridge girls beat Keller Timber Creek, 47-42, to earn the final playoff berth from District 4-5A. … The Lewisville girls beat Coppell, 40-37, and claimed the last playoff spot from 5-5A. … The South Grand Prairie girls captured 7-5A’s final playoff berth as they beat Midlothian, 55-40, and Cedar Hill lost to Mansfield Timberview, 68-53. … The Mansfield Summit girls claimed the outright 15-4A title with a 56-25 win vs. Ennis, coupled with Arlington Seguin’s 53-46 loss to Mansfield Legacy. … The Rockwall and Mesquite Horn girls tied for first in 12-5A after both won Tuesday

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